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OF — 


SEPTEMBER 5, 1905 


Proceedings of 
At Annual Reunion, Sept. 5, 1905. 

With the morning of September 5, 1905, came 
clouds and rain. A few of the Old Settlers of Johnson 
County who had reached the picnic grounds before the 
rain began, retired to the cabins and smoked and chatted 
until the storm slackened, when they pronounced the 
picnic postponed on account of rain, and under their um- 
brellas they started for their homes. At ten o'clock the 
s^crm ceased and the sun came out bright, and a pleas- 
ant breeze from the west gave promise of fair weather. 

With the sunshine and breeze the members of the 
association began to arrive in numbers from distant 
parts of the county. The disappointed ones of the early 
morning returned to the grounds. The officers also 
appeared, the fires in the cabin stoves were hastily kin- 
dled. E. A. Patterson volunteered to brew the coffee, 
and as the sun reached the meridian, from the steaming ' 
boilers he filled the cups of the large crowd who had 
gathered to enjoy another of the grand repasts that have 
been an important part of the social gatherings of the 

After an hour devoted to refreshments, the mem- 
bers and visitors were called to the speaker's stand by 
the president, S. P. Fry. After an invocation by Dr. 
Fellows, short addresses were delivered by by Judge 
Fairall, Dr. Fellows, Mathew Cavanaugh, and Prof. 
Willis. Lizzie Summerhays recited the poem of Alta 

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Wayne. A sketch of Allen Curtis Sutliff was read by 
Mr. Cavanaugh, and the report of the Mortuary Com- 
mittee was read by John Springer. The members of the 
association then proceeded to the election of officers for 
the ensuing year. 

John T. Struble was elected president, George W. 
Bale, 1st vice-president; E. P. Whitacre, 2nd vice-presi- 
dent; Henry Wieneke, treasurer; and G. R. Irish, sec- 
retary. The president selected the following members 
to act as an Executive Committee : S. P. Fry, A. W. 
Beuter, A. E. Swisher, Horace Sanders and W. A. Ket- 

The Necrological Committee was continued. 

Having completed the program, the afternoon was 
devoted to friendly chat, and as the shadows of even- 
ing began to fall, good byes were said and the day that 
promised to be a stormy one, proved to be remarkably 
pleasant, and witnessed one of the most enjoyable of 
the many gatherings of the association. 


I have written this sketch — imperfect and unsat- 
isfactory as it is — as a small tribute to the memory of 
the late Allen Curtis Sutlifif, who was a prominent fig- 
ure among the pioneers of Johnson County, and who, 
with his estimable family for many years were the 
near, kindly and greatly esteemed friends and neigh- 
bors of my father and his family. 

In 1838, Mr. Sutliff and family, consisting of his 
wife, four daughters and two sons, settled in the north- 
eastern part of Johnson County on the Cedar river, 
and opened up — for that early time — a large farm. 

He was born in 1796 in Connecticut, and was a de- 
scendant of a long line of distinguished people in 
church and state in England under the patronymic of 

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Sutliff. In his infancy, his parents moved with him to 
Western New York, and thence, in 1804, when he was 
eight years of age, to Trumbull county, in northeastern 
Ohio. Here he grew to manhood, amid the scenes and 
labors incident to the settlement and improvement of a 
heavily timbered country, and as he was the eldest of 
a large family, it devolved upon him to assist his father 
in clearing and reducing to cultivation a large farm. 

Mr. Sutliff continued thus to labor with his father 
in opening up his farm, and in the support and educa- 
tion of his family until he was twenty-five years of age, 
and, although his own opportunities for education were 
limited in that early day in Ohio, the labor he thus de- 
votedly gave to the family after attaining his majority, 
gave his younger brothers better advantages for edu- 
caton than had fallen to him. These younger brothers 
became prominent citizens — one of whom, his brother 
Milton — attained the distinguished position of a seat 
on the bench of the Supreme Court of Ohio, and was 
a delegate in the National Convention which nomi- 
nated Abraham Lincoln for president in i860, and ex- 
ercised a potent influence in shaping the policy upon 
which that campaign was carried to its historic conclii- 

In 1822, Mr. Sutliff married Nancy Baldwin, the 
estimable woman who thus became his life-long com- 
panion and helpmeet, sharing with his the labors, trials 
and joys incident to the making of a farm and the rear- 
ing of a family, first in the densely timbered region of 
northern Ohio, and later in the less laborious and less 
slavish exactions required in the opening of a farm and 
the making of a home under the more genial skies, on 
the more fertile and more friendly soils of the grass- 
carpeted, sun-bathed prairies of bounteous, beautiful 

As said before, in 1838, Mr and Mrs. Sutliff came 
with their family of four daughters and two sons, and 

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in the years following two daughters and one more son 
were born to them, making a family now of nine — six 
daughters and three sons. 

These most devoted parents did all that was possi- 
ble for them to do in that early day in Iowa for the 
edu-cation of their children, and although the oppor- 
tunities for school education were very limited, these 
children had what is far better for them than mere 
schooling — the home education afforded in a cultured 
family, the heads of which were inspired with high 
ideals, who taught their children their reciprocal rights 
and duties as members of society, and taught them so 
well along these lines that all grew up highly respected 
and esteemed in the community. 

In the early days the settlers could ride or drive 
across the prairies in almost any direction, but there 
were sterams that needed bridges or ferries on which 
to cross. On the opposite side of the Cedar river from 
Mr. Sutlifl's farm is a corner of Johnson county, em- 
bracing some four or five sections of land, and as there 
was a settlement over there, Mr. Sutliff in 1840 built 
a ferry-boat and established a ferry for the accommoda- 
tion of himself and his neighbors. 

It is not generally known to the people of Johnson 
county to-day, but it is nevertheless a fact, that the 
water-table of the old capitol building — now the central 
building of the University — came from a quarry in the 
southeast corner of Linn county beyond the Cedar River, 
and was hauled thence with ox teams by the late Capt. 
F. M. Irish and otliers, who, in so doing, crossed the 
river at Mr. vSutliff's ferry. 

The problem of a market for the products of their 
farms v/as a serious one with the farmers of that early 
time, and as all were trying to devise ways and means 
to raise money with which to enter their land, Mr. Sut- 
lifT conceived the idea of building a flat-boat and floating 
down the river with some of the products of his farm 

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to the markets of the lower Mississippi country, and ac- 
cordingly in the season of 1842 he planted and grew a 
large field of potatoes, of those excellent but now ex- 
tinct varieties, the Neshanock, the Irish Grey and the 
Pink-Eye, all of which grew to the greatest perfection 
and excellence in the virgin soils of Iowa in that early 
day. He had a splendid crop of several thousand bush- 
els, which he buried near the river, built his flat-boat, 
and if the spring had been as early as those he had ex- 
perienced immediately preceding, he would have floated 
down with his cargo of potatoes and found a highly re- 
munerative market. But this was the late spring of 
1843, following the memorably long and cold winter of 
1842-3, solid, freezing weather prevailing all through 
March and late into April. Mr. Sutlifif began to have 
misgivings as to what the market would be for potatoes 
in that lower country when he could reach it. To add 
to his doubts, one of his brothers, who had been teaching 
school in the state of Mississippi, arrived and said to 
him that the early southern grown potatoes would be 
in the market before he could reach it, and that his po- 
tatoes would be worth nothing; but said to him, ''Here 
is a splendid body of ice all around your boat; load with 
this and you will find a great market for it when you 
reach the South." 

Mr. Sutliff acted on his brother's suggestion, loaded 
with ice, a few barrels of pork, and a very small part of 
his potato crop. When the winter broke that spring, 
warm weather came on very rapidly, and by the time 
the flat-boat got far enough south where there was a de- 
mand for ice, his cargo of ice was largely melted, and so 
Mr. SutlifT's venture was not a success; he claimed, how- 
ever, that if he had adhered to his original purpose he 
would have realized enough money to have entered all 
his land, as he got good prices for the few potatoes he 
had taken. 

The advent of the era of improved farm implements 
and machinery was now beginning, in which the reaper 

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and harvester were to supplant the grain-cradle, as this 
had supplanted the sickle, and in 1847 Sutliff pro- 
cured and brought into the neighborhood the Esterly 
harvestei, a machine which garnered the heads of the 
grain, leaving the bulk of the straw uncut in the field, 
to be later burned off or plowed under and returned to 
the soil, according to the desire of the farmer. The 
grain thus cut was elevated by the machine and poured 
into huge boxes on wagon-wheels, which were driven 
alongside to receive the grain as it fell from the machine. 
This harvester was a great labor-saver, and would cut 
some twenty acres a day. The grain was stacked at 
once, and if quite ripe and free of weeds and had ripened 
evenly would save well, but, on the whole, the harvester 
was not a success and at length was lain aside for the 
less pretentious and picturesque reapers and binders of 
a somewhat later date. 

This harvester was propelled instead of hauled, the 
horses being harnessed behind instead of in front, and 
it was guided by a man standing at the wheel on a plat- 
form above and a little forward of the horses' heads, 
and as it moved swiftly through a field, cutting its wide 
swath, with Mr. Sutliff standing at the wheel and guid- 
ing it in its majestic sweep through the golden grain, it 
was, indeed, an imposing sight — "A thing of beauty," 
if not ''a joy forever." 

About the time Mr. Sutliff purchased this harvester 
he founded a communal organization composed of his 
three sons-in-law, Jeremiah B. Swafford, John P. Mc- 
Cune, Charles W. McCune, his married son, Sully, and 
himself, for the purpose of carrying on their farming 
operations jointly with a single head, and at the end of 
each year dividing the profits and sharing the losses of 
their joint labors. This was an attractive proposition, 
embodying, as it did, the beautiful idea of "brethren 
dwelling together in unity," and laboring for the com- 
mon good. For a time all went smoothly and harmon- 
iously, but at length little jarrings and dissatisfactions 

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began to appear, in spite of the reverential regard and 
love each member of the organization had for its patri- 
archial founder and head; the truth being that while 
each member was inspired by a high sense of honor, and 
a disposition to do even and exact justice, the restraint 
on their personal freedom implied and imposed in such 
an organization could not long be tolerated by American 
citizens born and reared under the stars and stripes and 
thoroughly imbued with the spirit of '76. 

Mr. Sutliff saw with his keen penetration the rising 
discontent, even before it had found expression in acts 
or words, and realizing that people like these, excellent 
and high-minded citizens though they were, were not of 
the subservient, complacent, plastic mould of which good 
communists are made, and said to them, "Gentlemen, 
we have made a mistake; we have not the qualities that 
fit us for the duties of this kind of an organization and 
we must dissolve." 

And dissolve they did on the advice of the man who 
had been instrumental in forming the compact. There 
was no open rupture — the dissolution was as free and 
friendly as the organization had been, and people out- 
side knew nothing then, or later, of the dissentions 
among them, if any occurred — they simply knew that 
the compact was dissolved, all else was left to inference. 

Mr. Sutliff was a friend of schools, and was always 
read to do his part in their establishment and mainte- 
nance, and took an active part in organizing and keeping 
up a lyceum, and in encouraging the boys of the neigh- 
borhood to take part in debates, and would speak an en- 
couraging word for the efiforts of the more timid ones. 
His own efforts on these occasions were admirable. He 
talked with wonderful ease and fluency, and reminded 
the writer of descriptions he had read of the efforts of 
Henry Clay in debate. By the way, Mr. Sutliff was a 
great admirer of, and was a political disciple of the great 
*'Millboy of Kentucky," and resembled him, not only in 
physique, but in natural mental endowment as well, and 
was perhaps not a great way behind him in this. 

Mr. Sutliff was near six feet in height, weighed 
about i6o pounds, was of spare habit, straight as an ar- 
row, with a symmetrically formed head, a mild, kindly 
blue-grey eye, indicative of great intelligence, and, alto- 
gether, was a man of most impressive presence. He was 
a man of decided opinions and conclusions, with a high 
sense of honor, was anti-slavery to the core, and if he 
had been in accord with the political sentiment of the 
time and had any aspirations for political preferment, 
his qualities and talents would have fitted him to adorn 
any official position; but jthere is no evidence that he 
had any ambitions in this direction. He was thoroughly 
domestic in his tastes and inclinations, was wrapped up 
in his family, and labored incessantly and untiringly for 
its welfare, every member of which loved and idolized 
him. Such was Allen Curtis Sutliff, who departed this 
life in November, 1873, at the age of seventy-seven 

ALTA WAYNE— A Tale of Western Pioneer Life. 

Where the snow-clad mountains lifted high 
Their heads sublime to the vaulted sky, 
Where over the gray rocks, bare and brown. 
The crystal waters came leaping down. 

Where the towering pines by the winds were stirred, 
Where the growl of the grizzly bear was heard, 
Where the fierce wolves followed the frightened deer. 
Stood the low hut of a pioneer. 

Its walls were rude and its roof was low, 
It was built for safety, and not for show; 
With thatch of boughs and a puncheon floor, 
With windows l)arred and a massive door, 
It was simple, 'twas picturesque and plain, 
The forest home of brave Alta Wayne. 

She had followed her husband across the plains, 
She had shared his losses and golden gains. 
With her pretty babe on her hopeful breast 
The trackless forest her feet had pressed. 
Love made her heedless of toil or pain, 
A faithful wife was brave Alta Wayne. 

Her form was tall and her face was brown 
As an Autumn acorn dropping down. 
Her look was lovely, her limbs were strong, 
Her ebony hair was thick and long. 
Her full, red lips were sweet to see 
As ripening cherries upon the tree; 
Her cheek like the blush of the opening rose. 
Or the crimson flush when the sunset glows. 
Her teeth were white as the ocean's foam 
And her voice as sweet as the thought of home. 
She had followed her husband across the plains. 
She had shared his losses and golden gain. 
With her pretty babe on her hopeful breast 
The trackless forest her feet had pressed. 
Love made her heedless of toil or pain, 
A faithful wife was brave Alta Wayne. 

It was near the close of a summer day, 

And Alta Wayne in the twilight gray 

Sat sweetly humming an old tune, for, 

With her young child playing before the door, 

She thought of her husband's golden pile, 

With a hopeful look and a happy smile. 

She dreamed of pleasures 'twould bring some day 

To friends in the dear home far away. 

There was nothing selfish or proud or vain 

In the noble nature of Alta Wayne. 

But hark ! A sudden and piercing cry 

On the shuddering air goes echoing by. 

She springs to her feet with a frightened bound. 

Her heart stands still at the awful sound. 

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Her lips turn livid, her cheek turns pale, 
She trembles, her courage begins to fail. 
She hears a splash in the mountain stream, 
Then another cry — 'tis a panther's scream. 

She leaps through the doorway — her child is gone! 

Then into the forest she rushes on. 

She fancies his form in the panther's jaws. 

Or mangled and torn by his cruel claws. 

Her soul is filled with an awful fear — 

But, listen ! A light laugh greets her ear. 

A laugh that thrills through her trembling form. 

Like sunshine that breaks in a dreadful storm ; 

She peers through the boughs with a look of joy, 

And sees unharmed, on a bank, her boy. 

But look ! Above on the bank she spies 

The crouching panther with angry eye. 

She sees the fangs in his yawning jaws. 

His long, gaunt form and his strong, keen claws. 

He lashes the leaves with his tawny tail — 

The soul of the mother forgets to quail. 

And courage flashes from heart and eyes. 

As the child laughs loud at the panther's cries. 

Oh, Mother-love! In the fiercest ill. 
What strength you give to a woman's will! 
What heroism- What self-control! 
You give to a fainting woman's soul ! 
What power in moments of deep despair. 
What wondrous burdens you help her bear! 
No man so cruel, no beast so wild. 
She will not dare for a darling child. 

Loud screams the panther, its fierce eyes glare 
With savage wrath on the bright boy there. 
The mother sprang from her hiding 'place, 
And clasped her child in a close embrace; 
With a fearless look of exultant love, 

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Then with flashing eyes to the beast above 
She turns and gazes with bated breath, 
The hollow is hushed as the halls of death. 

The crack of a rifle — a shout, a bound, 
The panther tumbles upon the ground. 
His long limbs quiver, his fierce eyes pale ; 
He lashes the leaves with his tawny tail. 
The hunter sprang from the forest wild. 
And clasps and kisses his wife and child. 


As far as may be determined from the- data at hand, 
the "pioneers" of Johnson county — that little band of 
hardy and high-spirited men and women who sought 
their homes on the prairies and in the groves of Johnson 
county in 1837 — have all passed from their homes here, 
and of the many who followed them in 1838 but few are 
left to recall the days when the land was new and its 
institutions far in the future as measured by the span of 
one generation. 

The young man who came to this "west" in 1838 
has far outlived the span of life, and his children of that 
early day are silver-crowned, with grandchildren around 

This is but the course of life, as it ever has been and 
shall be until time shall be no more. Yet it is pleasant 
to these early settlers to gather together with friends 
and neighbors, and recall by word and in the sight of 
old treasured relics of those earlier years the scenes and 
incidents of pioneer life. Here the past links on to the 
present, and the map of life spreads out in a perspective 
reaching back for more than sixty years with the etder, 
and looking forward to the indistinct, but glowing fu- 
ture with the younger. 

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Our yearly reunion has come to be a red-letter day 
for the people of Johnson county, and in its celebration 
we find pleasant and glad associations that become 
dearer with each meeting. The words and the deeds of 
those who first came to this land take on fresh luster 
each time we come together, and are a growing inspira- 
tion to us in better living and better doing. May they 
be an inspiration that shall grow in strength and power 
with each reunion, as we, like the pioneers of 1837 
1838, turn our steps toward the land of rest and peace 
and day without end. 

AUGUST, 1904. 

24. Mrs. Elizabeth Herrick, 63. Died in Rock Island. 
Former resident of East Lucas Twp. 

26. Mrs. Minnie Hastings, 31. Union Twp, Born in 
Johnson county. 

28. Howard Heald, 36. Died at Independence; born in 
Iowa City. 

28. Daniel F. Donaldson. Died at Cowita, Indian Ter. 

28. Noah Swartzendruber, 40. Washington Twp. Born 
in this county. 

OCTOBER, 1904. 

4. Gil. F. Fletcher, 56. Died at Salt Lake, Utah. Born 
in New Hampshire, his parents coming to this city 
in 185 1. He was for several terms deputy sheriff and 
sheriff of county. With his family he moved to Bing- 
ham county, Idaho, and was a member of the legis- 
lature of that state. He was an active member of 
this society while a resident of the city. 

6. Mrs. Lydia Rogers, 90. Lived in the county forty- 
six years. 

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8. James Townsend, 94. Lived in Johnson and Cedar 
counties for more than sixty years. Was closely 
associated with John Brown and the ''Underground 
Railroad" of slavery times. 

10. Philip E. Shaver, 76. Washington township. Came 
from Pennsylvania in 1844, and located in Washing- 
tor township. Served in the Mexican war, 1847-8, 
in the Iowa Mounted Dragoons. Made the trip 
overland to California in 1850. Enlisted as a private 
in the First Iowa Cavalry, 1861, and by conspicuous 
merit rose to the position of captain. Was mem- 
ber of the Board of Supervisors. He took much in- 
terest in the meetings of this society, and was a lead- 
ing member from its organization. 

14. Frank H. Dunkel, 27. Born in the city. 

18. Thomas Seerley, 84. Came to Iowa from Maryland 
in 1854. 

18. George C. Cornell, 76. Died in Topeka, Kas. 
20. R. A. Naylor, 60. Came to county in 1884. 
28. Mrs. Sarah J. Jelly, 57. Washington Twp. 
24. Mrs. Ralph Dunlap, 29. Born in the city. 
27. W. H. Waite, 70. 

27. Joseph Kerf, 83. Lived in city 45 years. 

28. Mrs. Louisa C. Davis. Died in Indian Territory. 

29. Sevrin J. Burich, 76. Came to the city about 1855. 
29. Mrs. Bridget Teefy, 92. Lived in the city 30 years. 
31. Martin Sovers, 50. Solon. 

31. Mrs. James Vanek, 59. Came in 1882. 

NOVEMBER, 1904. 

4. James Vanek. Came to Iowa City, 1881. 

7. Henry Houser, 20. Born in the city. 

8. Mrs. Frances Ashton, 82. 

9. Mrs. Frank R. Smith. Died at St. Joe, Missouri. 

10. Edgar H. Metcalf, 33. Died at St. Paul; born in the 


lo. L. A. Albright, 21. North Liberty; born in the 

10. Rev. Geo. P. Folsom, Pastor Presbyterian church, 

1880-88. Died in Michigan. 
13. Mrs. Sarah Smith, 76. Scott Twp. 

13. Miss Catharine Donovan, 60. 

14. A. D. Smith, 50. 
14. Mrs. Mary Higgins. 

14. Robert Harrison, 91. Graham Twp. 

15. Albert Payne, 49. West Lucas. 

16. Mrs. Peter Davis, 55. West Lucas; came from 
Pennsylvania, 1866. 

18. Richard P. Jones, 60. Born in Wales; came to John- 
son county in 1867. Was sheriff of Johnson county 
for two years. Died in Los Angeles, California. 

19. George Weed, Pleasant Valley. Born in the county. 

20. E. C. Murphy, 40. Died in Kansas City. 

20. Mrs. Mary Klisner, 89. Lived in county 38 years. 

21. Dennis Kelleher, 78. Pleasant Valley; came here 
in 1859. 

21. Rev. John O'Farrell, former pastor of St. Patrick's 

Catholic church. Died in Ottumwa. 
29. William Lyell, 73. Was one of the first settlers of 

Clinton county. 

DECEMBER, 1904. 

2. John F. Ruhe, 91. 

3. A. R. Cherry, 64. Came from New York about 1856. 
Veteran of Civil War, having served in infantry and 
cavalry regiments. County treasurer of Johnson 
county for three terms. 

5. J. II. Gearkee, 68. Came to the city about 1850. 
Veteran of the First Iowa Infantry. Enlisted in 
Twenty-second Iowa and rose to rank of major by 
merit and gallant service. 



6. Rev. Johannes Thurner, former pastor of St. John's 
IvUtheran church. Died at Lone Tree. 

7. George Cessner, 86. Came to Iowa City about 1850. 

8. Frederick Schmidt, 86. Union Twp. Lived in the 
county 39 years. 

8. Albert Wallek, 39. Scott Twp. 

10. Robert Simpson, 66. West Lucas. Came from 

Canada in 1855. 
14. Mrs. Peter WilHams, 60. Oxford Twp. 
16. Hugh Grady, 20. Born in county. 
18. Mrs. J. P. MarHng, 58. Came from Ohio in 1864. 
18. Mrs. Kate Strub, 30. Born in the county. 
18. Mrs. John Klevenhagen, 36. 

18. Chris. Kramer, 38. Born in the county. Died in 

20. Mrs. Anna P. Lake, 79. 

21. J. A. Champion, Sr., 90. Liberty Twp. 

21. Benjamin Ritter, 90. Came from Indiana in 1838, 
and was married in August of that year, being one 
of the first weddings in the county. He Hved on the 
land which he entered for many years, and is said 
to have held the office of Justice of the Peace for 
thirty-five consecutive years. He is believed to have 
been the last survivor of those whose names ap- 
peared on the assessment roll of 1838, the listing for 
taxation in the county. His death occurred at Jen- 
nings, ^ Louisiana, whither he had removed about 
fifteen years ago. 

22. Mrs. Conrad Nass, 58. 

23. Mrs. Dorothea Benner, 82. Came from Germany 
about 1856. 

26. Michael Nugent, 87. Came from Ireland, 1842. 

29. Edward Onash. Born in the city. Died at Inde- 

30. Mrs. Fannie M. Seydel, 68. Came from Ohio, 1853. 

31. Miss Mary Brogla. Washington twp. 

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JANUARY, 1905. 

I. Wm. Barry, 75. Came to Iowa in 1876. 
3. Mrs. R. P. Jones, 63. 

5. Miss Cynthia Myer, 70. Died at Rock Island. 

6. George Schlenck, 67. Came to the city from Ger- 
many in 1844. 

7. Matthew Clair, 68. Died at Maxwell, Nebr. 
9. David O. Thomas, 43. Sharon Twp. 

9. Mrs. Elizabeth Euler, 69. Came from Pennsylvania, 

10. Michael Callahan, 72. 

16. S. F. Lefevre, 19. Born in the county. 

18. Mrs. Bridget Horty, Cedar Twp. 

18. Mrs. Bartholomew Shay. Died at Mechanicsville. 

19. R. M. Jones, 66. Union Twp. 

22. Edmund Shepard, 81. Came to Iowa City about 
1848, and for many years was a leading business 
man. Died at Neosha, Mo. 

22. John C. Rutan, 68. Died in North Yakima, Wash- 
ington. Veteran of the war. 

24. Miss Viola McCammon, 50. Oxford. 

26. Lorenzo Cross, 65. 

26. Mrs. Anna Pohler, 72. Came to the city, 1875. 
26. John T. Calkins, 80. Died in Chicago. 

28. Mrs. Mary Yenter, 73. Oxford. 

29. Mrs. W. W. Diehl, 28. Born in the county. 
31. Clare Luse, 23. Oxford. Born in the county. 


I. Dr. H. E. Bowman, 40. Liberty Twp. Born in 

1. Miss Caroline Lillick, 21. Born in this city. 

2. Tliram Jaync. Oxford. Veteran of the civil war. 
5. I'r,'ink vShupitar, 88. 

4. Mrs. Michael Stigler, 42. 

4. Fred Bokcns, 34. Oxford Twp. 


5- Mrs. Nancy McLaughlin. Died at Portsmouth, 

5. Mrs. Frank OHva, 35. Born in the county. 
12. Jacob Kramer, 71. Came to Iowa City from Ger- 
many in 1850. 
12. Miss Helen Saxton, 26. Oxford. Born in county. 
17. Mrs. Elizabeth Mygatt, 76. 
17. Mrs. Winifred McDonough, 71. 

17. David Jones, 42. West Lucas. 

18. Miss Alice Roland, 18. Born in the county. 

20. Frank Burr, 36. Born in the city. Died in Chicago. 

21. Robert Paintin, 19. West Lucas. Born in the 

22. Mrs. Nancy Moore, 72. 

23. John Sueppel, 69. Came from Germany in 1856. 
He had been identified with the commercial inter- 
ests of the city since coming here. Was city treas- 
urr for two years, and county treasurer for four 

24. C. L. Eby, 79. 

25. Mrs. Helen Kaspar, 80. Newport. Came in 1865. 

26. W. J. Reese, 50. Died in Davenport. 

28. Mrs. Elizabeth Keene Johnson, 88. Came to the 
county in 1869. 

MARCH, 1905. 

I. Mrs. Eliza A. M. Shrader, 97. Came to the county 

1. Mrs. Charles A. Bond. Died in Sioux City. 

2. Joseph J. Slaby, 40. Born in the city. Died in Colo- 

5. Miss Anna Ryan, 33. Cedar Twp. 

6. Mrs. Gustave Thiel, 76. Died at Denison. 

7. Mrs. James Aldous, 68. Came to the city, 1870. 

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8. Mrs. Margaret Hasselhorst, 8i. Came to the city 

16. Mrs. Sarah M. Thompson, 51. 

14. Thomas R. Davis, 80. Union Twp. Came from 
Pennsylvania, 1855. 

21. Mrs. Ruth Magruder, 83. Came to the county from 
South Bend, Ind., with her father, Joseph Stover, in 
1838, and in the fall of 1839 v^as married to James 
Magruder, one of the first settlers of Fremont Twp. 

22. Daniel Colbert, 72. 

24. Mrs. J. M. Seydel, 72. Came from Kentucky, 1844. 

25. W. P. Eddy, 68. Oxford. Veteran. 
27. Robert Thompson, 79. Oxford Twp. 

APRIL, 1905. 

I. Moses P. Miller, 81. Sharon Twp. 

3. Elsie C. Lyon, 1887. Came to Iowa City in 1843. 

3. Jos. Hartley, 78. 

5. Mrs. W. H. C. Rogers, 38. Born in the county. 
5. John Eggenberg, Sr., 75. Penn Twp. 
7. Mrs. Carrie Hill, 58. 
7. Patrick McGuan, 48. 
7. Mrs. Theresa Dobsky, 66. Came 1855. 
13. Mrs. Alice Gilpin, 68. 

13. Claude Robinson, 31. 

14. Albert Ford, 50. 

17. Mrs. Mary Jane Buck, 75. Union Twp. Came with 

her parents to Union in 1839. 
17. Christian Luther, 90. Came from Germany in 1851. 
22. Mrs. Mary Sullivan, 100. 
22. Mrs. Elizabeth Stagg, 71. Scott Twp. 
24. J. W. Teefy, 51. 

26. B. W. Robertson, 56. Hardin Twp. 


26. Mrs. Henry E. Shinn, 72. Died at Portland, Ore. 
26. John Spinden, 90. Newport Twp. 

29. Mrs. Elizabeth Tuthill. 

30. Ffank Sedovec, 38. 

MAY, 1905. 

2. Mrs. William Wilant, 44. Penn Twp. 

3. Frank Benda, 46. Came from Bohemia in 1884. 

4. Miss Antonia Epeneter, 35. Born in the city. 

5. Mrs. Wm. A. Shuck. 

5. Eugene Sullivan, 46. Born in the county. 

6. Joseph Burger, 46. Died at Cherokee. Born in 
the county. 

15. James McKillip, 40. Scott Twp. Born in county. 

16. Andrew J. Morford, 59. Veteran, 24th Iowa. Born 
in the county. Died at the Soldiers' Home, Mar- 

17. Jeff Bright, 53. Came to the county 1870. 

21. Mrs. Reynolds Amish, 33. Sharon Twp. Born in 
the county. 

26. Nelson Plato, 73. Veteran of the civil war. - 

28. Mrs. James Vanek, 73. Newport Twp. Came to the 

county in 1855. 
31. Edward Organ, 78. Oxford Twp. Came to the 

county in 1870. 

JUNE, 1905. 

2. John Doerres, 60. Fremont Twp. Came to the 
county, 1876. Served two terms as member of the 
Board of Supervisors. 

5. Frank Dvorak, 80. Came to the county in 1855. 

6. David Zeigler, 45. Penn Twp. 

7. Mrs. Oliver Startsman, 65. Came to the county in 


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5- Mrs. Elizabeth Cain, 85. Came in 1857. 

5. Frank M. Orcutt, 31. Died at Los Angeles, Cal. 
Born in the county. 

6. Mrs. P. McCook, 78. Big Grove Twp. 

8. Joseph Helmer, 59. 

9. Mrs. Marie Lorenz, 79. Came in 1855. 

14. Daniel J. Beltz, 65. Big Grove Twp. Lived in the 

county sixty-two years. 
14. Mrs. Clay Stahle, 25. Born in the county. 

14. Mrs. Teresa Kintz, 75. Came to the county in 1853. 

15. Mrs. Katherine Snitil, 80. Big Grove Twp. Came 
to the county in 1864. 

20. Mrs. Agnes Gramley. Born in Sharon Twp. Died 

in St. Louis. 
22. Mrs. Phoebe Gibison, 74. 

24. John R. Heath, 82. Located in the county in 1856. 
For over thirty years he was a prominent auction- 
eer of the county. Was much interested in the an- 
nual meetings of this association, and was a regular 

26. Mrs. Mary Hofeditz, 65. Came to the state in 1857. 

28. John N. Coldren, 63. Came to Iowa City in 1857. 
Veteran of 20th Iowa Infantry. For forty years 
one of the leading business men of the city. A mem- 
ber of this association. 

31. Mrs. Elizabeth Marner, 70. Sharon Twp. Came to 
this county in 1839. 

JULY, 1905. 

I. Miss Emma Neider, 26. Born in the county. Died 
at Cedar Rapids. 

T. Joshua Fowle, 75. Came from England, 1858. Vet- 
eran of 22nd Iowa. 

7. Charles R. Nass, 34. Born in the county. Died at 
Germania, Iowa. 

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8. Mrs. James Williams, 46. Hardin Twp. Came from 
Pennsylvania, 1865. 

14. John Meyers, 75. 

15. Mrs. F. X. Rittenmeyer, 63. Came from Ohio, 1848. 

17. John Karrigan, 80. 

18. J. W. Sterling, 72. Came from Virginia, 1856. Vet- 

eran of the 22nd Iowa. Member of this association. 

18. S. E. Banner, 33 West Lucas. Born in the county. 

19. Simon Cross, 81. 

21. Mrs. Agnes Hollister, 71. Died at Adair, Iowa. 
23. Mrs. Ed. Craig, 58. Came from Ohio about 1855. 
25. Mrs. D. L. Houser, 64. Came to Iowa in 1865. 

AUGUST, 1905. 

I. John E. Cuber, 36. Born in the city. 
7. Vincent Bervid, 78. Jefferson Twp. Came to the 
county 1 88 1. 

14. Mrs. Nellie Orcutt, 31. Born in the county. Died 

at Los Angeles, Cal. 
14. Mrs. Ellen Chambers, 61. West Lucas. 
19. Mrs. Eunice Hunt, 86. Died in Chicago. 
19. John Kelly, 31. Lived in county thirty years. 
2.1 George Wickham, 70. Came to the city, 1871. 

23. James Nolan, 86. Located in Cedar Twp., 1840. 
Made the overland trip to California in 1849. 

23. John Karl. Died in Chicago. 

26. Mrs. Louisa Thornberry, 65. Came to the county 
in 1865. 

31. George Mannagh, 40. Hardin Twp. 

31. R. A. Keene, 77. Came to county from Ohio,i86i. 
Twelve years secretary of Northwestern Farmers 
Mutual Insurance Co. of this county. 

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2. Mary Cramer, 17. Born in this city. 
5. Miss Dora Zager, 28. Washington Twp. Born in 
the county. 

8. Mrs. Susan Hess, 60. Died at West Branch. Long 
resident of Iowa City. 

8. Mrs. Thomas Conners, 72. Came to city from Ire- 
land about i860. 

10. John W. Barnes, 78. Came to the county about 


11. John Lenz, 72. 

13. Matthias Fox, 83. Ca mteo county from Bohemia 
in 1857. 

16. Wesley Scorpil, 21. Solon. Born in the county. 
16. Mrs. Elizabeth Seehy, 95. Came to county about 

16. Mrs. Sarah G. Pinney, 78. Died at Haley, Idaho. 
Lived in Johnson county from 1840 to 1880, and 
was for many years connected with the hotel busi- 
ness of the city. 

19. August Trope, 75. 

20. Hugh Edwards, 69. Came to the county from 
Wales in 1876. 

22. Mrs. Eugenia Clark Emerson, 38. Died in New 
York city. Born in Iowa City, only child of the late 
Rush Clark. 

26. Albert Stanoshek, 75. Located in the city about 

26. Joseph Slama, 36. 

27. Charles W. Irish, 70. Came to the city in 1840, with 
his parents. Pie was prominently connected through- 
out his life with many of the important incidents 
of the growth of Iowa City and of the state. He 
was a member of the congregation which organized 
the Episcopal church of this city, and was one of the 
organizers of the Iowa State Engineering Society. 


He was conspicuously identified with the building 
of railways throughout the Northwest, and was the 
engineer of important lines in this and other states. 
He was the engineer of the Lyons Iowa Central of 
1857-8, and in later years of Iowa City's first com- 
peting railroad, then called the Chicago,, Clinton & 
Western. He served several terms as city engineer 
of Iowa City. He was Surveyor General of Nevada, 
and upon retiring from that office became connected 
with several of the large enterprises of that state, 
where his technical skill and long experience mad( 
his services of great value. General Irish had mad( 
several excellent collections of scientific materials, 
which he donated to the State University. He 
took much interest in the formation and meetings 
of this society, and was an attendant at its meetings 
when in the city. Died in Nevada, after an illness 
of only a few hours. 


The following is a partial list of those present September 
5, 1905: 

Abrams, Mrs. Henry. 
Adams, J. E. and wife. 
Adams, J. L. and wife. 
Andrews, Mrs. Wm. 
Alderman, Pardon. 
Adams, Miss Lilly. 
Alder, Ira J. 
Ball, Geo. W., Sr. 
Beuter, A. W. 
Bale, G. W. 
Buchanan, W. H. 
Berryhill, Dewit. 
Borts, David. 
Borts, Miss Ella. 
Burge, Dr. A. J. and wife. 
Babbitt, Mrs. Jos. 

Burk, John and wife. 
Borland, Geo. T. 
Byington, LeGrand and wife. 
Byington, Otto A. 
Boyce, N. H. 
Bowen, Wm. J. 
Cavanagh, Matthew. 
Carson Thomas C. 
Cropley, Mrs. Sarah. 
Custer, Earl. 
Custer, Mrs. Lizzie. 
Curtis, Calvin. 
Crowley, Edward. 
Cannon, W. D. 
Colony, C. E. 
Coldren, Mrs. Mary O. 


Clark, Mrs. John H. 
Clark, Miss Lillian. 
Dennis, Mrs. Tsaac 
Douglas, Lrarimer and wife. 
Devault, Strawder. 
Dunl^e, William. 
Dalton, Byron and wife. 
Dalton, Wm. and wife. 
Dalton, Miss Eva. 
Dennis, Bryan. 
Ernest, Wm. 

Eggenberg, Jno. and wife. 
Eggenberg, Frederick. 
Evans, Mrs. Minnie. 
Ernest, Miss Mary. 
Fellows, S. N. 
Fairall, S. H. 
Fry, S. P. and wife. 
Foster, W. E. C. and wife. 
Fairchild, L. 
Furbish, Mrs. Isaac. 
Frizell, George. 
Graham, J. W. 
Graham, Thos. 
Gill, Adam. 
Greulich, John. 
Graham, Miss Effie. 
Hamilton, Hezekiah. 
Hemsted, Frederick. 
Hubner, Chas. and wife. 
Hohenschuh, Mrs. T. 
Heinsius, Chas. W. 
Hormel, Conrad. 
Hughes, J. P. 
Hughes, J. I. 
Hill, O. C. 
Hill, Zion. 
Hill James, 

Hill, Julius and wife. 
Hill, Miss Nettie. 
Hope, Miss Annie. 
Hoxio, Mrs. V. R. 
Hunter, Geo. Sr. 
Hill, Miss Jane. 
Hess S. J. 
TlHKtingH, D. H. 
Howell, R. P. and wife. 

Irish, G. R. & wife. 
Irish, Miss J. T. 
Irish, Mrs. S. A. 
Irish, Miss Elizabeth. 
Jaynes, John E. and wife. 
Jacobs, John. 
Jones, David. 
Johnson, Dr. Leora. 
Johnson, Miss Ella. 
Jones, H. H. and wife. 
Kettlewell, W. A. and wife. 
Koontz, Geo. and wife. 
Kenderdine, Mrs. Mary A. 
Kerr, Mrs. Almira. 
Kirkwood, Mrs. Jane. 
Kessler, Laenas. 
Kessler, Miss Onie. 
Kessler, Mathias. 
Lee, J. B. 
Lucas, C. A. 
Louis, Mrs. Addie. 
Luse, Frank. 
Lancaster, Garrett. 
McGruder, Geo. 
McKray, J. W. and wife. 
McKray, Miss Lydia. 
Moore, Bruce and wife. 
Morford, J. W. 
McCollister, Jas. 
Moore, Mrs. E. B. 
Metzger, J. J. and wife. 
Mclnnerny, M. 
Miller, Mary. * 
McChesney, R. A. 
Morton, Mrs. Henry. 
Nelson, Wm. 
Nelson, Harry. 
Owen, Benjamin, and wife. 
Owen, Ezra and wife. 
Pratt, W. E. 
Pratt, Chas. 
Pratt, Wm. and wife. 
»Pinney, George. 
Plato, Mrs. Flora. 
Parrott, Frank and wife. 
Pratt, Miss Calista. 
Parsons, Mrs. M. C. 

Rundel, L. and wife. 
Robinson, Jas. T. 
Reed, Mrs. Iowa. 
Rate, Mrs. E. F. 
Renholtz, Jno. A. and wife. 
Rittenmeyer, F. X. 
Richardson, A, and wife. 
Struble, John T. and wife. 
Springer, John and wife. 
Stevens, John and wife. 
Schell, John and wife. 
Stevenson, John and wife. 
Strawbridge, J. K. 
Sunier, Mrs. S. A. 
Swisher, A. B. and wife. 
Swisher, Lovell. 
Swisher, Stephen and wife. 
Stover, Jacob. 
Scales, N. W. 

Stackman, Frank and wife. 
Seydel, Milton. 
Sanders, Euclid and wife. 
Saaders, Horace. 

Stiles, Asa D. 
Sweet, Wm. 

Stratton, F. A. and wife. 
Stratton, Maud. 
Stover, Sophia. 
Stillings, Mrs. Hortense. 
Stewart, Miss Mary. 
Scott, Mrs. Jane. 
Scott, Miss Maggie. 
Tucker, James. 
Teneick, Mary Hannah. 
Tarbox, Mrs. Thesba. 
Thompson, Mrs. Frank. 
Wieneke, Henry and wife. 
Whitacre, J. P. 
Westcott, Miss Emer 
Westcott, Emory ancf wife. 
Westcott, Miss Jane. 
Westcott, Miss Kate. 
Walker, Henry. 
Wolf, M. K. 

Whetstone, John and wife.